Monthly Archives: July 2003

Access is the key to trade reform

The spin doc­tors on all sides are “try­ing to hint(Reuters report via Yahoo News)”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030729/wl_nm/trade_wto_dc_3 at some con­ver­gence on the issue of agri­cul­tural trade reform at the Mon­treal meet­ing of WTO trade min­is­ters. But the ‘hint’ of flex­i­bil­ity in the EU posi­tion is all about par­tial cuts in sub­si­dies for exports and domes­tic pro­duc­ers, not about […]

Stealing common words

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is prepar­ing a list of 35 com­mon food names such as “parme­san” and “feta” whose use it wants banned through­out the world except when applied to Euro­pean prod­ucts. It’s an attempt to fur­ther pro­tect its agri­cul­tural industries—at the expense of devel­op­ing coun­tries. The “Finan­cial Times(link to the FT story)”:http://search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=030725000166 reports that the […]

Confusing Product with Process

Jacque­line Peel(link to Social Sci­ence Research Network)”:http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID423322_code030716630.pdf?abstractid=423322 from the “Fac­ulty of Law(link to Law School at Melbourne)”:http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au at Mebourne Uni­ver­sity has pub­lished an excel­lent analy­sis ofthe dif­fi­cul­ties still to be resolved by WTO mem­bers in man­ag­ing con­flicts between * the wish of each Mem­ber to safe­guard its own and the global envi­ron­ment includ­ing by the […]

The obscenity of agricultural subsidies

Mar­tin Wolff of the Finan­cial Times (via “Lance Knobel(link to davosnewbies.com)”:http://www.davosnewbies.com/2003/07/17 ) bq. “The OECD countries—essentially the world’s 30 rich­est nations—spent $311 bil­lion on domes­tic agri­cul­tural sub­si­dies in 2001. They spent $52 bil­lion on aid to all coun­tries. The 2001 GDP of sub-Saharan Africa was $301 bil­lion. bq. Worse, the annual dairy sub­sidy in the […]

Comparative advantage

Arnold Kling(link to EconLog)”:http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/000189.html asks how to explain com­par­a­tive advan­tage so that a jour­nal­ist under­stands it. Well, its per­fectly pos­si­ble. After all, the idea was put into cir­cu­la­tion by a “stockbroker”:http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Ricardo.html so it should be pos­si­ble to explain it to any prac­ti­cal per­son. Of course, that may exclude many aca­d­e­mic econ­o­mists… I’ve long believed that […]

NY Times keeps the pressure up

The Times is con­tin­u­ing to ham­mer the need for reform of world agri­cul­ture mar­kets. From Sunday’s edi­to­r­ial ” By rig­ging the global trade game against farm­ers in devel­op­ing nations, Europe, the United States and Japan are essen­tially kick­ing aside the devel­op­ment lad­der for some of the world’s most des­per­ate peo­ple. This is morally depraved.  By […]

Long road to an FTA

I’m quoted in Sunday’s “Age(link to The Age Newspaper)”:http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/20/1058639660465.html on the nego­ti­a­tions that resume this week on the US-Australia Free Trade Agree­ment. Some of the argu­ments you’ve seen elswhere on this site.